For this review of Erath Pinot Noir from Oregon, we had two tasters. Myself, and a friend with previous experience working at a nearby winery. She brought a great perspective to the tasting. At times our opinions were the same and at other times they weren’t.
We tasted the 2010 vintage of this wine.
Per Erath, when they craft their Pinot Noir they “combine time-honored practices and new technologies to capture the unique character, or terroir, of the vineyards.”
Erath Pinot Noir alcohol content 13.0% by volume and this wine comes from the Willamette Valley area.
Erath Pinot Noir Tasting
In the glass, it’s immediately evident that this is a light Pinot Noir. The color appeared garnet to brownish/red and a slight brownish ring was noticed on the edge. Light easily shines through the Erath Pinot Noir. Legs are long and slow to fall. As my friend stated, “they go on forever.”
On the nose, we both agreed that the wine had a pronounced aroma of alcohol. However, our opinions diverged from there. She felt the aroma was also damp and woodsy with no fruit. I didn’t pick up on that, but did notice subtle notes of cherry or raspberry.
On the palate, Erath Pinot Noir is a smooth wine with tastes of vanilla and delicate fruits. Most definitely a light body wine and softer than other Pinot Noir you may find.
Mouthfeel is cottony and a bit dry in texture. Mild tannins were noticed in the back of the throat, cheeks and both on and in front of the gums.
My friend and I differed on our opinions of the finish. I thought the finish was short to medium. She thought the finish was long and round. We both agreed the alcohol was less overpowering at the finish than it was on the nose. Additionally, it should be noted that we let the Erath Pinot Noir breath for a good 15-20 minutes before our tasting.
Overall, my friend thought this was an OK wine. My opinion was that I liked it a lot. Especially, the smoothness and softness. I would call this wine a great summer sipper and believe it stands best on its own. If paired with food, we both agreed it would not stand up to a spicy meal. However, it would go well with a light fish or pasta with a light cream or olive oil based sauce. This was an enjoyable wine to review. Give it a try!
Erath Pinot Noir price about $19.99.
For a higher end but more pricey Pinot Noir from Oregon, take a look at Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
Speaking of reviews, check out my review of the Wall Street Journal Wine Club, which I joined. Includes price, Pros and Cons and pictures of what I received.